|Natividad Medical Foundation’s Indigenous Interpreting is thrilled to announce that 27 interpreters from three countries and three U.S. states participated in the inaugural session of The Indigenous Interpreter that concluded on January 18, 2017. This 63-hour training program is the first of its kind in the U.S. to credential interpreters of indigenous languages from Mexico and Central America. Upon successful completion, graduates of the program receive “The Indigenous Interpreter National Credential: Level 1 Qualification.”
Taught by experienced, professional instructors and accompanied by a 400+ page Manual and a 100+ page Workbook to be published in 2017, the training program was offered free of cost for the initial session. This groundbreaking curriculum trains indigenous interpreters on ethics, protocols and modes – including consecutive, relay and simultaneous interpreting – in community and healthcare settings. Each module includes targeted guidance for overcoming the barriers indigenous interpreters encounter daily when interacting with providers and clients in many different service settings.
Participants overwhelmingly expressed the same sentiment about the program: “This Course has been far more than I expected and has taught me so much about the role and responsibilities of the interpreter. This experience will allow me do my job better, so I can better help the people in my community get the services they need.” This is precisely the goal of Indigenous Interpreting+: to provide the communication services needed to help underserved indigenous communities throughout the U.S. Indigenous interpreters are in great demand in U.S. hospitals, courts, schools and community services all of which need qualified, trained professional interpreters.